“Without changing grip tension, dry fire the handgun. Hold the grip pressure the same before, during and for three seconds after you have finished pressing the trigger.” – Ron Avery of TPC, in a policeone.com article

Started off today’s 20 shot dot drill with 25 dry fires as described above, then went straight into two 10 shot strings of dots at two yards.

I’ve actually never shot anything with a handgun this close. But TPC says they normally shoot these targets between 2 and 5 yards in their classes.

One thing that I immediately noticed by following the above quote to a T: I haven’t been holding the grip pressure for any length of time after dry fire trigger presses. For years.

I’ve been far too quick to relax the grip,┬áreset the striker and get the next dry fire rep in. And thinking about it, this has been my suspected issue when actually shooting: Releasing the grip tension RIGHT after breaking the shot, ruining the sight tracking, follow through, etc.

I was just doing what I’d practiced (incorrectly)┬áthousands of times.

So, consciously holding the tension for three seconds after breaking the shot was pretty new. New enough that I didn’t do it for the first two dots, and missed. Sharpie lines show wher the misses should have gone.

Things went way better for the next eight, at which point I unloaded the gun and did 25 additional conscious-tension dry fires.

The second string was far more consistent. My last shot was the most grievous one. I was happy I’d done so much better for the first nine, and forgot what I was doing. Oh well.

After all 50 dry fires and all 20 shots were through, my hands and forearms felt similar to when I do a few sets of 110 pound farmer carries at the gym. Nice and sore. That was new.


Looks like 17/20 (barely) dots at 2 yards? I tried something different today, and saw a better outcome.

I’m going to work more on gripping before, during and after my dry fire trigger presses. Next time, I’ll move the dots out to 3 yards.


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